Gilles Muller has announced when he will retire from professional tennis. The 35-year-old Luxembourg native said that the 2018 season will be the last one in his career. It has been a terrible year so far for Muller, who will drop from 60th to 95th ranking position as he lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber in the Wimbledon second round.
He had reached quarter-finals last year, after defeating the Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the fourth round. His run had ended against Marin Cilic in five sets. Muller also reached 2008 US Open quarter-finals, losing to Roger Federer.
He won two ATP career-titles both in 2017, Sydney and 's-Hertogenbosch. He was the world no. 1 junior and as professional he had a good career achieving a career-high ranking at No. 21 in July 2017. In his statement, Muller said he took this decision in order to feel free mentally and focus on 100% on tennis.
However, he felt some "pressure" in the last days since when he took the decision. 'I wanted to inform you, after reflectint on it, that I will end my career at the end of the 2018 season. I will speak about my choice, but not before my last match.' This year Muller won nine matches and lost 16.
He suffered four losses in a row from late April in Estoril on clay until 's-Hertogenbosch on grass. He broke the streak at the Queen's Club beating the Canadian Denis Shapovalov and then losing to Marin Cilic in the second round.